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by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

"Hammerklavier" is also notable among Beethoven's piano sonatas in that it is one of the few to show a very clear Bach influence. The final movement consists (mostly) of a monstrous fugue, albeit a mutant and twisted one that seems on the brink of going off the rails at times. I've always...
by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 31
Views: 992

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

As far as glasses go, I have a pair with a prescription that is optimized for computer use; but then I don't really have a choice since my vision is so terrible. To get some idea of how bad my vision is without corrective lenses, imagine a camera with a very narrow depth of field, and a fixed focus...
by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?
Replies: 31
Views: 992

Re: Can a 144Hz display help reduce eye strain?

And absolutely no overhead lighting. I use a free standing lamp with a 40w incandescent bulb about 6 feet away at a 45 degree angle to the monitor. I use a 40w real bulb as well, in a fixture that's supposed to be one of those 180-degree shade desk lamps, but I have mine flipped over so that the li...
by Captain Ned
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

To this day I'm convinced Bach wrote that song on a day where he was pissed off at the neighbors. Don't forget that JS Bach was himself an organist who composed a whole lot of liturgical/sacred music (c.f. his Passions and Masses). Even in Lutheran churches of the day, the masses needed some remind...
by Captain Ned
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
Hmm that has more rich dynamics than anything I hear recently produced for popular consumption.

Go get yourself a proper pipe organ recording and play it back on a system with a beefy amp and woofers that can realistically hit 25-30 Hz.
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 704

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Apparently the simulator has even been ported to the Raspberry Pi. (At least one person seems to think that the RPi version is pretty close to the performance of the original Multics on the hardware of the time.) Is there anything in the Jargon File that is truly dead? I would have thought Multics ...
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 704

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

just brew it! wrote:
Lisp (invented in the 1950s) is still alive and well too.

https://xkcd.com/224/
https://xkcd.com/297/

Next thing you know, someone will take another run at Multics.
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Has anyone else accidentally stuck their finger in a light socket when they were a kid. I still remember the distinct vibration feeling. Ah the good ole days(that i somehow managed to survive). My sister still keeps the coin she tried to shove into a wall outlet at about age 2, complete with a pair...
by Captain Ned
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 704

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Well I for one don't miss it. Back when I had Netflix and Amazon Prime I had to use Pipelight and Wine to be able to watch their videos on Linux. I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore. And I had to set up the daughter's Kubuntu laptop with the precise old and deprecated version of FF that would ...
by Captain Ned
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 704

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

I thought Microsoft killed that a few years ago? Indeed. But government bureaucracy moves very slowly. I've yet to get a feeling that Federal Agency X has cottoned on to that fact, or its widespread deprecation in browsers. AFAIK, the only browsers that work are IE11 and the "take your own dan...
by Captain Ned
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 704

Re: Adobe will put Flash out to pasture by 2020

Try having to deal with Federal Agency X whose on-line portal, a/k/a the only way ti upload quarterly required data, is still 100% Silverlight.
by Captain Ned
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
I got one of those"random dude in a 1995 Civic" drivers too on a same day. It's a little weird.

Hope he had fake V-TEC stickers.
by Captain Ned
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3420
Views: 505542

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Well, that was disappointing. Elvis Costello has turned into his own lounge cover band. Tempos at 75% and songs brought down at least one step and maybe two steps. 45 minutes in people were folding up their chairs (outdoor lawn show) and heading out. Wife (the real EC fan in the house) called it at ...
by Captain Ned
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Filmstrips were not motion video; they were more like a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation, implemented with 1960s-era tech. So DuKane can sue Microsoft for patent infringement? That connection simply never occurred to me until your post. Filmstrips WERE slow-motion PowerPoint. I will admit to mi...
by Captain Ned
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I also grew up in the era when filmstrip projectors were commonly used in elementary schools. The company that made them is located in the Chicago area, and is still around. When I interviewed there back in the 1990s they had a display case in the lobby with a gold-plated filmstrip projector in it....
by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 75
Views: 3427

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Shobai wrote:
[Ah, that's probably because they're palindromes.

Able was I, ere I saw Elba?
A man, a plan, a canal, Panama.
by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

just brew it! wrote:
I think we've still got one on a shelf in the garage somewhere. Was probably last used about 2 decades ago.

I have no doubt whatsoever that Dad has hardware for both in-line and carousel versions of that technology.
by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

How to tell if you're old?

http://lileks.com/institute/permanent/living/10.html

If you see that pic and instantly know what it is, how it works, and what is its source material, you're old (like me).
by Captain Ned
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

That's when I say: "I'll write a check".
by Captain Ned
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

There is a chance that those days will mark the crowning achievement of mankind for all time and that we'll be unable to ever surpass it. I remain reasonably optimistic and hopeful that Elon Musk or another entrepreneur will belie that statement. Bob knows no gov't-funded effort will ever get there...
by Captain Ned
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

48 years ago today and at roughly this hour I was but a wee lad in footy pajamas watching a blurry B&W TV image of Neil Armstrong bunny-hopping down the ladder of Eagle. If you had told me then that the whole thing would be over by 1972 I simply would not have believed you.
by Captain Ned
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1600

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Then you'll be pleased to know Windows actually does it almost exactly the same way you do. Whereas my goal is to keep the Windows home folders to the smallest size possible and keep ALL data on a separate drive. It speeds imaging backups of the OS drive and makes data backups a simple drag/drop af...
by Captain Ned
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1600

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

Don't use libraries or any of the "special" folders. I put things where I want them, not where Windows wants them. It's a holdover from the MS-DOS days.
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 136
Views: 9669

Re: Formula One 2017

Get ready for a big change to the cars' looks for next year, as FIA has just approved/mandated the Halo.

http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/201 ... -halo-2018
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3420
Views: 505542

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Not so much what I'm listening to now, but what I shall be listening to this coming Sunday (7/23) evening. Elvis Costello is bringing his band (the Imposters, which includes some members of the Attractions) to an outdoor show here at home. EC is the wife's favorite artist. Just read a fluffer articl...
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Not sure Vermont is some kind of outlier here. My personal driving experience covers the Eastern Seaboard to the NC/SC border and west to the BBQ, as well as Phoenix to Bisbee AZ (still haven't driven across the Mississippi). Every time I've been on a surface street 90%+ pulled over and, on Interst...
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Heiwashin wrote:
After witnessing Chicago downtown traffic i don't have a lot of faith that they would even try to make way. :lol:

Try it in the back of a Prius cab whose driver has visions of the Blues Brothers jump over one of Chicago's many drawbridges just as the gates come down.
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yeah, in Illinois a full stop is not required, but "may be necessary" to allow the emergency vehicle to safely pass. In this case, the eventual court ruling was that no lights/siren meant "not an emergency vehicle", which gave rise both to City liability for the resultant injuri...
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

From: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/23/013/01050 Section 1050(c) was added due to a horrific accident that happened at the intersection end of the dead-end street on which I grew up. A Rutland PD cruiser was in hot pursuit but without lights/sirens and T-boned a car trying to cros...
by Captain Ned
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1491
Views: 43617

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

No no, it's the law if you're in the way. Vermont Driver's License Manual , Page 32: Emergency, Police and Maintenance Vehicles If you see or hear a vehicle with flashing blue or red signal lights and/or sounding a siren, approaching from any direction, the law says you must pull over to the right ...